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Hungarians switch careers for more food, free time

A long-term, uninterrupted career may be a thing of the past, according to a recent survey by Kelly Services, a leading HR firm.

Kelly Global Survey, conducted on a yearly basis, was done in 30 countries and involved 97,000 people, including 7,300 Hungarians. Based on the answers collected in Hungary, nearly two thirds of Hungarians expect to have a career change in the next five years.

More than a third of the respondents intend to change workplaces in the hope of receiving a salary bump. Other reasons for changing jobs is change in interest (25%) and willingness to create a better work-life balance (19%).

“The number of people considering a restart or change in career is surprisingly high,” said Anikó Jónás, managing director of Kelly Service Hungary. While changing careers was deemed to be a crisis situation for the older generation, these days it is the result of changing supply and demand of the global labor market, she added.

More than two-thirds of the people polled said they were willing to return to work after a career break caused by a sick leave or maternity leave.

The likelihood of a career change is the highest in the retail sector, catering industry and customer service.

As for skills needed to change one’s career path, 57% of the respondents ranked experience first. Experience was followed by performance at the job interview (26%) and qualifications (8%).

More than half of those questioned aim to get into a leading position as opposed to 38% who don’t. The reasons for not wishing to get to the top are lack of ambition (39%), work-related stress (29%), the job’s potential negative impact on the work-life balance (17%) or lack of qualifications and skills (13%).

Nearly all of the respondents find it vital or important to improve their skills to promote career advancement.